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St Maarten Shore Excursion: Orient and Maho Beach Half-Day Tour

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St Maarten Shore Excursion: Orient and Maho Beach Half-Day Tour

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While your ship is in St Maarten's port, swim and lounge at Orient Beach and Maho Beach on this half-day shore excursion. Jet ski, paraglide or sail at Orient Beach, then grab a snack at one of the many bars and restaurants there. Travel to Maho beach and watch jumbo jets fly overhead to land at the nearby airport. A guide, complimentary refreshments and round-trip transportation from the cruise port are included.
  • Half-day shore excursion to St Maarten beaches
  • Find water sports equipment for hire at Orient Bay Beach
  • At Maho Beach, watch planes fly close overhead from Princess Juliana International Airport
  • Enjoy complimentary refreshments (water, beer, soda or guavaberry rum punch)
  • Hear entertaining commentary from your local guide
  • Round-trip transport from cruise port included
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
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Local guide
Beverages (water, beer, soda, guavaberry rum punch) while intransit
Port pickup and drop-off
Transport by air-conditioned coach or van
Worry-free shore excursion guarantee
Beverages at lunch
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Dr. A.C. Wathey Cruise Pier , Sint Maarten

Meeting point is the EDC-Lot located at the North exit of the cruise port

Dr. A.C. Wathey Cruise and Cargo Facilities , 79 Juancho Yrausquin Blvd, Sint Maarten
9:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Meet your friendly guide at the Philipsburg cruise port and board a comfortable, air-conditioned van for transport to your first beach stop. Onboard, enjoy complimentary refreshments like water, beer, soda and rum punch.

Arrive at St Maarten's longest beach, Orient Bay Beach, where you'll stay for approximately 2 hours. Spread out your towel and relax in the sand, wade or swim in the calm aqua waters, or visit some of the nearby beach bars and restaurants. Sailboats, jet skis and paragliding excursions are all available, as well as some kids' activities (at your own expense.)

Around midday, return to the vehicle for the trip to Maho Bay Beach. Famous for its proximity fo Princess Juliana International Airport, the beach is a great place to see jumbo jets fly in and out of the island. Stroll the white sand beach, lounge in the sand, or watch the waves crash on the rocky coast during your 2-hour stay here. Visit the Sunset Beach Bar and Grill for lunch (own expense) while listening to a live feed from the airport's control tower.

After your half day of fun in the sun and sand, enjoy drop-off back at the cruise port.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return to the Philipsburg port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
Stop At:  
Maho Beach
Maho Beach is located on the Dutch side of St. Maarten. It is famous for being adjacent to the Princess Juliana International Airport making it at attraction to visitors and locals alike and for plane-watchers enthusiast.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Orient Bay
One of the most popular beaches on the island located on the French Side. Guest can take part in water sports activities or lounge on the beach chairs. Or hang out at the local beach bars and try the island's local mixed rums.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • It is recommended that you bring a swimsuit, towel and sunscreen
  • Minimum age to consume alcohol is 18 years
  • Note: tour departure time is based on local island time, not cruise ship time
  • During the winter season (November-March) there is an additional departure time of 10am. The 9am departure time is available year-round
  • Please Note: A portion of Orient Beach is clothing optional.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Amigo Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during St Maarten Shore Excursion: Orient and Maho Beach Half-Day Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by St Maarten Shore Excursion: Orient and Maho Beach Half-Day Tour.
What is the policy on sanitization during St Maarten Shore Excursion: Orient and Maho Beach Half-Day Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by St Maarten Shore Excursion: Orient and Maho Beach Half-Day Tour.
What is the social distancing policy during St Maarten Shore Excursion: Orient and Maho Beach Half-Day Tour?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during St Maarten Shore Excursion: Orient and Maho Beach Half-Day Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by St Maarten Shore Excursion: Orient and Maho Beach Half-Day Tour.

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  • "I definitely recommend this half-day tour, which also provides drinks and transportation believe it or not, there is a lot of traffic!." See review


324 Reviews

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Great experience
, Apr 2022
This tour was perfect to spend time on two popular beaches. We had enough time to fully experience both beaches and have fun in the sun and in the ocean. Our tour guide was amazing, and as we drove the island he narrated the sights. Although this isn’t advertised as an island tour, it is a great benefit! Outstanding experience and highly recommended.
Beach break
, Mar 2022
Interaction with Edison during the time he was driving us around. Both beaches were nice but Maho beach stood out the most due to the chance of a lifetime watching the planes takeoff and land.
Definitely recommend
, Mar 2022
Nice bus for the ride to the beaches. The driver stayed with the bus at each beach and had cold drinks available. He also gave some information about different landmarks as we passed.
Maho beach fun
, Mar 2022
We had a great driver named Angelo that was extremely friendly and informative. We’d highly recommend the tour.
Thrilling from start to finish
, Mar 2022
Seeing the planes over our heads,the thrill of actually being there and seeing it for ourselves was amazing.our driver/guide Wellington was funny and very knowledgeable and he for us made it so very enjoyable
Orient-Maho Beach Excursion
, Feb 2022
Our driver/tour guide, Humphrey, was fantastic. We got a history lesson during our drive which was great. Lots of interesting information. Orient Beach was beautiful and Maho beach is a must-see/do experience on the island. Humphrey took great care of us during the whole excursion!
Best guide and excursion ever❗️
, Feb 2022
Our journey with Mr Humphrey was as good as it gets❣️ He shared so much interesting island history, information. and sights. We could not have asked to see or do more AND Mr Humphrey was super professional and personable. So happy we had this experience with him.
Great excursion!
, Jan 2022
Our guide, Wellington, was excellent! It was a great excursion at a good price. I would recommend it to everyone.
Bad driver.
, Jan 2022
First, the driver (Humphrey)was 10 minutes late to pick us up. Then we waited for over 30 minutes for him to call his boss for 2 couples. He was supposed to pick us up at 2:30 at Maho Beach and take us back to the cruise ship. We WAITED 45 minutes and finally had to pay for a taxi so we could get back on board the ship.
Great way to see the most popular beaches!
, Jan 2022
We enjoyed the tour of the island and visiting both the French and Dutch side. Our times at the beaches was good, and the driver offered to drop us downtown to shop before going back to the ship
, Oct 2021
Our ship changed the itinerary so we were arriving to St Maarten a day later than the day I booked. I was afraid we had missed it but Viator came through and picked us up on time. Wellington did a super job and will book again with them
, Oct 2019
Not what I was expecting..kinda longer that it should have been. Drove around the whole island to see 2 beaches..
1 traveler found this review helpful
An Awful Start to Vacation
, Jul 2019
We showed up on time and no one came. When I called, they said that the trip was cancelled. They did not contact via email or phone us prior to the trip. We spent $60 on a taxi and have not been issued a refund.
Tour was good, traffic was a nightmare
, Jun 2019
We loved the tour guide "Sir Anthony", but probably wouldn't take this tour again because I think we were on the bus longer than we were on the beaches. Plus, a few people came back to the bus in Maho Beach about 20 mins late. This was really rude, but the driver patiently waited for them and then we took off, only to sit in more traffic on the way back to the ship.
1 traveler found this review helpful
, Jun 2019
The driver was friendly and knowledgeable, and he shared some interesting facts about the island. Orient Beach was BEAUTIFUL and not over run with people. While we were there, we stopped to get drinks at the KonTiki Hut and they were delicious. MaHo Beach was pretty, but it much more populated and busy. BUT the experience of the planes coming in overhead is something I’ll never forget. Great trip and would definitely do it again!
Orient bay is beautiful
, Jun 2019
Do yourself a favor and skip Maho Beach. Small crowded beach with overpriced restaurants serving sub-par food. Spend the time shopping or sightseeing instead. There is nothing to do around the area.
Beach Relaxation!
Lewis R
, May 2019
My wife and I just wanted to relax on some beaches. And with this tour. We hit the jackpot. First we visited Orient beach. Our visit was May 2019 and they were still rebuilding after a devastating hurricane hit 2 years prior. However, seating was fantastic, facilities great and service better! Next we had a very fun time at Majo beach watching large passenger jets fly over as they landed- so close you felt like you could touch the jets! Again, great restaurants and bars helping to make our visit extremely fun. And, can not forget our tour guide, Tony who answered all our questions and provided free refreshments. For fun and relaxation, you will not go wrong with this tour!
, Apr 2019
Please issue refund for the trip that was cancelled on me but only once I’d got to the tent to register on the island. Would have appreciated some communication prior
We stopped at St. Maarten on a cruise...
Amanda B
, Sep 2018
We stopped at St. Maarten on a cruise stop and I only wish we had more time to visit. We went to Orient Beach first- it was a beautiful beach. There was a lot of seaweed on the beach, as well as some floating in the water, but the atmosphere was calm and peaceful. I highly recommend supporting their re-building by renting chairs/umbrellas and/or water sports equipment, or buying from the locals. We then headed to Maho Beach, where we got to see several planes arrive and depart. What a cool experience! I definitely recommend this half-day tour, which also provides drinks and transportation believe it or not, there is a lot of traffic!.
Way too much driving. They don't go...
, Jun 2018
Way too much driving. They don't go by ship time. Make sure to check the timing in your notes to be on time.

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